Meet our staff

Our team consists of hard-working and dedicated people always ready to make high quality programs for our students.

Office and Instructors

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Board of Trustees

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Office and Instructors

Lovorka Šimunec

executive director

Our executive director and one of the founders of OBC, Lovorka is en route to realize a vision and philosophy of OBC. She did graduate philosophy after all. However, it is only a small part of her great character.

Lovorka, a passionate enthusiast for all kinds of water sports, sea and marine activities is also a CMAS scuba diving instructor as well as a Life-Guard instructor.
She is specially keen on kayaking after having been trained at OB Singapore school.

She is also mastering business economy and today Lovorka plays a leading role in development of Outward Bound Croatia.

Lovorka Šimunec

Lana Novosel

deputy director

Our deputy director, biologist by profession, connected with nature all her life through mountaineering and climbing, Lana has a long experience in working with NGOs.

Lana is experienced in human resources and volunteer management, education of children and adults, but also fundraising and project management, so we can say she is a very multi skilled member of our team, writing the programs, implementing and managing the projects, participating international training courses and always supporting our team on all levels.

Lana Novosel

Dubravka Šimunec

Head of the office

Our secretary Duda is a young economist, experienced in finances, administration, preparing and implementing the programs. Her specialty are grant documentation and project management.

Besides her professional contributions to OBC, Dubravka actively participates on international programs and trainings and always willingly shares her knowledge and experiences.

Duda is also an experienced life-guard on water, trained at Red Cross, with years of working as a life-guard behind her.

Dubravka Šimunec

Suzana Živković

CLIENT RELATIONSHIP MANAGER

As our long-term volunteer and student odf the Study Center of public administration and public finances of the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb in 2016. she has finally become a full member of our team.
With her highly professional approach in her work field – client relations, as well as her creative ideas and commited work Suzana contributes strongly to the growth and development of all aspects of Outward Bound Croatia.
Being an athlete from young age, bowling-champion, handball-player and diver, she participated in an Outward Bound program and with her hard work and sense of fairness, she perfectly fits into our team.

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Tamara Lipnjak

PROJECT MANAGER

Following her interest in youth work and the development of the NGO and non-profit sector in Croatia, whithin which she sees her professional future, she started volunteering at Outward Bound Croatia in the final year of her Master Program of Pedagogy and Sociology. That’s where we kept her after graduation as the newest member of our team.
Now she collaborates on creating, writing and implementing local and European projects for youth, especially within the Erasmus+ project. Meanwhile, she trained to become an Outward Bound instructor and a trainer on Erasmus+ youth projects.

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Čedo Josipović

member of the Executive Board

Professor of PE, a worthy addition to OBC, also a member of Board, Čedo has a great experience in working with people and outdoor nature sports, which he owes to 6 years of working in a center for sport activities and personal development.

A mountain climber, caving instructor, always ready to crack a joke, in OBC he’s one of the most optimistic instructors and always there to give support.

His mystical one-year venture to India brought about his balance of East and West, best seen in Čedo’s diverse hobbies, like types of massage: classic, sport, shiatsu, rolfing, polar therapy, osteopathy… Now you know who’s good to have with you on the course.

Čedo Josipović

Igor Meštrović

Instructor

Igor replaced his career in the army and dedicated himself to working with young people through Outward Bound programs.

Ex professional soldier, chosen as the best in the group on the leadership training for command and doctrine in the Croatian army, after a range of trainings – diving courses in the army, alpine climbing and saving techniques in summer and winter conditions of the Croatian mountain rescue service, from this year Igor is also a certified OB instructor after a training for trainers in OB Romania, and very soon he became our instructor with most OB programs in a row.

With a rich experience of hiking tours through high mountains from the Alps to the Himalayas, with sharpened senses for survival in nature, he will guide you safely through all the challenges of the Outward Bound programs and win you with his calmness and attitude. And don´t get surprised if he takes out his drum sticks somewhere in the forest as besides all the outdoor skills, Igor shares big passion for music and drums.

Igor Meštrović

Borna Juraj Jelić

Instructor

Borna´s story with OBC started when he was a teenager, when he came as a participant on an OB course. There was his first course, the second, the third … and now he can´t tell the number of the courses he has participated.

Outward Bound played an important role in his life and today he is OB instructor. After all the courses and later trainings and educations he is now standing on the other – the instructors´ side, working with all his heart strongly dedicated to the idea of Outward Bound.

Borna is a sucessfull student of sociology, he is playing viola, his interests also include photography and movies, expressing the artist part of his character. Borna´s path in OBC has just begun and we predict a successfull career in OB for Borna.

Borna Juraj Jelić

Trzezbor Piekutowski – Bonk

Instructor

Trzezbor, better known as Bonk is our instructor with very diverse experiences, from being a professional soldier, active periods of alpine climbing and parachuting, attending a glacier mountaineering course in Chamonix and climbing courses in the army to a complete dedication to nature protection and education of children and youth throughout years of working in eco-centre for protection of griffon vultures on the island of Cres.

Full of interesting stories from the forest – from his personal experiences but also from different mythologies, always ready to make a good joke, Bonk will make you laugh even during hardest moments on expeditions and in the morning he will be happy to wake you up with the sound of his fife.

Bonk is also handy with the wood and making different wooden handcrafts and he is also familiar with working with stones.

Bonk is definitely an instructor from which you can hear and learn a lot of interesting and unusual things.

Trzezbor

Marko Kovačević

instructor

Love between outdoor activities and Marko started at begining of high school when he joined the Scouts. Since then, he is using every opportunity to go out in nature, like snowboarding, cycling, windsurfing and hiking, and while he is staying in Zagreb he is spending his energy playing badminton. Within Scouts he led many camping, winter vacations and trips, always dedicated to younger generations passing them his knowledge and experience. After the training at Outward Bound Croatia he continued to work with young people as instructor.

As a student of electrical engineering, he will often use engineering tricks while building a bivouac and in the evenings, by the fireplace, he will amuse you with stories about the stars and astronomy which are his great love from his childhood.

Marko

Tin Majnarić

Instructor

His outdoor skills Tin is sharpening since his Scouts days from childhood, and in Scouts he is active even today. Thanks to his impressive animation skills, his work with young people is energetic and passionate. Although our youngest team member, Tin’s sense of responsibility and hard work placed him side by side to his older colleagues instructors. In his free time he is enjoying in practicing judo.

As a pharmacy student, he will continue to cherish his love to nature in his professional work as well.

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Marko Lukačević

Instructor

Marko is one of our experienced scouts, who joined the instructors team after he finished his course last year. He is a student of Organisation and Informatics in Varaždin, so the life on the road is nothing new for him. His long experience in youthwork in the scouts and his big love for the nature and challenges makes him an important part of our team.
The ex-waterpolo player knows that a healthy mind lives only in a healthy body, and that’s why he is using his free time for swimming, rock-climbing, hiking and marshall arts.
From his childhood Marko is passing his great knowledge about navigation, knots and survival to younger generations, which often goes together with own stories about adventures he had on camping trips, with songs, games and a big smile.

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Ivana Dunđer

OBC INSTRUCTOR

After having participated in the Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges „Get Employed“ and „Back to the roots“ organized by OBC and desovering its numerous possibilities for personal and professional development, Ivana joined our team as a local volunteer. Meanwhile she trained to become an Outward Bound instructor and trainer for Erasmus+ youth projects.
Ivana is a student at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences enrolled in the Master Program of German language and literature and Linguistics, but with this nature-, camping- and bonfire-lover you can notice right away she’s a real Outward Bound spirit, that’s why we happily adopted her into our team.

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Marija Mažić

OBC INSTRUCTOR

Marija joined our team as a volunteer after attending Erasmus+ training for trainers in Latvia where she learned how to use sailing as a method of Experiential learning in working with youth. Later she enriched her knowledge of experiential learning during the training for trainers “Love every challenge” organized by OB Croatia. Thanks to the specific knowledge and skills acquired during the study of social pedagogy, the attendance of psychotherapy education and work at the Home for Child and Adolescent Development in Zagreb, she successfully guides group dynamics and learning processes during the OB program. During 2018 she completed the alpinistic school and since then has been active in HPD Željezničar. Besides climbing, she enjoys diving and handball. Since this year, she is leading the Reach for Change Foundation, where her job is to actively support social entrepreneurs who are implementing projects to improve the lives of children.

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Office and Instructors

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Safety Board

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Board of Trustees

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Safety Board

Vladimir Mesarić – Dado

President of the Safety Board

Dado, a very bedrock of OBC, devoted much of his life to developing Croatian alpine and climbing community and to establishement of OBC. Dado is an internationally certified (IFMGA) mountain guide and International Mountain Leader (UIMLA).

He was a member of the Mount Everest West Ridge first ascent in 1979., Ingoslfsjaeld climbing team in East coast Greenland, he summited USSR`s Mt. Communisms and led successful Kang Guru Ski descent expedition in Nepal Himalaya.

Dado worked as an instructor in Manang mountaineering school in Nepal, he organized the Seven Summits expedition and climbed Aconcagua, Elbrus and Kilimanjaro.

He proudly wore all the colors of Croatian Mountain Rescue Team for more than 40 years as a member and instructor as well as the ones of IKAR / CISA Terrestrial Rescue Committee. Dado established the majority of procedures in OBC.

Vladimir Mesarić – Dado

Ozren Pleše

Member of the Safety Board

Ozren Pleše, one of the founders of Outward Bound Croatia, who was also deputy director of OBC and an active instructor, today is a member of our Safety Board.

Ozren´s wide range of knowledge in the field of mapping, GIS, fieldwork is accompanied with his rich experience in leading teams, organization and management of outdoor programs and projects as well as with his specific skills in underwater research, diving licences and many other certificates and professional trainings.

It is important to mention Ozren´s longterm engagement as a lifeguard, instructor and trainer for instructors, as well as risk-asseser at the Croatian Red Cross . Considering everything mentioned it is easy to guess why Ozren is an excellent support to the work of our Safety Board.

Ozren Pleše

Marin Lukas

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Nikola Derežić

Member of the Safety Board

Nikola complements his successfull career in the field of informatics and programming, with equally successfull hobby – alpinism and rock climbing.

Experienced member of Outward Bound Croatia´s Safety Board, chosen and invited in the same due to his rich experience in the field of alpinism. As a long standing member of the alpinist section of the Croatian mountaneering association „Željezničar“, to most he is known by the alpinist schools that he led.

With his precision, punctuality and focusing on important details, Nikola trained few generations of alpinists, always keeping the safety, safety processes and procedures on the first place, which makes him and ideal member of our Safety Board.

Nikola Derežić

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Board of Trustees

Damir Begović

President of the Board of Trustees

Damir Begović, member of Board of Trustees of Outward Bound Croatia, is a strong support to our work for many years now.

Today he is advisor of board at Elka, until recently he was director of Elka.

Damir has more then 40 years of experience behind him – from INA Inženjering in the 70´s and 80´s of the last century, Ina Projekt. Elektroprojekt, Hep and Ingra to Crodux and Elka.

Damir Begović

Stanimir Vuk-Pavlović, Vuk

Member of the Board of Trustees

Vuk is a native of Zagreb who has made Rochester, Minnesota his home for more than thirty years.

During the Croatian Homeland War he spearheaded the largest private medical relief effort from North America to Croatia. Moved by the post-war issues of war veterans and their families, Vuk—together with Lovorka and Dado—launched Outward Bound Croatia and served as the founding chair, OBC Board of Trustees, for the first eight years.

He continues as the member of the BOT. By profession a scientist, Vuk has been an avid outdoorsman, a mountaineer since the age of four, formerly a marathoner who recently switched to bicycle and a scuba diver for almost four decades.

Stimulated by Lovorka’s example, Vuk has been teaching scuba diving as a PADI instructor and still enjoys taking advanced scuba courses himself.”

Stanimir Vuk-Pavlović, Vuk

Dr. Egidio Čepulić

Member of the Board of Trustees

Egidio Čepulić, member of the OBC for many years now is a strong support to our work.

Member of the Board of the trustees, respected doctor primarius oncologist, professor, member of many associations, alliances, councils, assemblies and commissions, not only in Croatia but also on international level, with his rich knowledge nad experiences gained through lifelong career, many professional trainings in Europe and wider, during his life he won many acknowledgments and awards.

Egidio was also active in syndicates, city councils and committees. His precious advices based on the described wide range of knowledge and experiences contribute largely to many aspect of work of Outward Bound Croatia.

Dr. Egidio Čepulić

Olivija Jakupec

Member of the Board of Trustees

Olivia was appointed director of Podravka's company in Russia in 1997 where she worked on the establishment of the company and setting up the business model of Podravka on the Russian market.

In 2001 she returned to Koprivnica and took over the duties of the director of the Service for market communication of Podravka d.d..

In 2004 she started working in Nexe Group as a director of Nexe in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2007 she has worked as an assistant manager of a branch of the Jadransko osiguranje in Koprivnica.

She has returned to Podravka in 2012 as a Board member.

She attended the International Business School Center, Brdo kod Kranja, and also obtained the MBA certificate from Cotrugli Business School. She speaks English and Russian. She is a president of the Supervisory board of “Podravka Vegeta” (Koprivnica) handball club.

Olivija Jakupec

Lucijan Koržinek

Member of the Board of Trustees

Lucijan Koržinek, member of the Board of Trustees Of Outward Bound Croatia, construction engineer, a real expert in his field with many successfull construction projects behind him, was also active athlete since he was a child.

Skier, and later a ski instructor, swimmer, hockey and waterpolo player, with outstanding achievements in judo – he was a national champion, he won many silver and bronze medals as a junior and senior, as well as the golden medal on the national championship of Croatia.

Succcessfull professionals are often followed by remerkable sport achievements and Lucijan is an excellent example for that as well as a role model for young genereations.

Lucijan Koržinek

Roman Danko

Member of the Board of Trustees

Roman Danko, member of the Guardinaship Board of OBC, sociologist with working experience in the non-profit, profit and public sector, today is a founder and executive director of the “CO2cut” company and manager of the “Humana nova Zagreb”collective.

In the period of the War for Croatian independence, Roman has provided many of the military and humanitarian aid.

Roman also has rich experience in journalism and as a fan of sailing, outdoor activities and selfless work for the community, it was natural for Roman to join Outward Bound Croatia.

Roman Danko

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